Ghana international Raphael Dwamena died due to a cardiac arrest on the field during his club KF Egnatia’s Albanian Superliga match against Partizani Tirana on Saturday.
Dwamena, who was 28 years old, collapsed on the ground in the 24th minute of the game and was treated by the medics on the field before being rushing to the nearest hospital, but unfortunately suffered another heart attack on the way and was declared dead.
It was discovered that Dwamena had a heart defect back in 2017, but continued to play despite being advised against it.
The player was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) in 2021 when the striker collapsed in an Austrian Cup match. Dwamena has represented Ghana on the international level as well.
“The Ghana Football Association is sad to hear of the death of our former player Raphael Dwamena and wish to express our deepest condolences to his family at this difficult moment,” it said in a statement.
The Brazilian coach of the Albanian national team, Sylvinho, said on social media: “Rest in peace. Condolences to family and friends.”
Spanish clubs Levante and Zaragoza expressed condolences over the death of their former player.
Dwamena signed for Levante in 2018 and played one season before being loaned out to Zaragoza, where he played in 2019-20.
“Our thoughts are with his family and his loved ones in these difficult moments. His legacy in our club will last forever,” Levante said on X.
Zaragoza said on X: “We are devastated by the sad news of the passing of our former player Raphael Dwamena. You will always be in the memory of Zaragoza’s fans. Rest in peace.”
- With inputs from AP
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